The American Optometric Association (AOA) has announced that their annual Optometry’s Meeting® will still take place in-person June 24-26, 2021, but has been moved from its original Anaheim, CA, location to Denver, CO, with a revamped experience that puts attendees’ health and safety first.  After an extensive review of potential new venues, the ASM Global-managed Colorado Convention Center was selected for its exceptional health and safety measures and acclaimed VenueShield protocols.

The Colorado Convention Center is 5-Star Certified by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, a designation that recognizes the facility’s safety protocols exceed current state and local public health order requirements. Additionally, the convention center has received distinctions from GBAC STAR™, the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities.

“It’s finally time that we come together, convening our optometry community and leaders for Optometry’s Meeting 2021 to celebrate the incredible resilience and compassion demonstrated by our members, as well as look forward and plan for an even brighter future,” says William T. Reynolds, O.D., AOA president. “Let me be the first to assure you that the AOA is taking the appropriate steps to ensure we can do this with the utmost health and safety in mind.”

As Optometry’s Meeting eagerly welcomes back friends and colleagues to help chart the profession’s future, the AOA recognizes that COVID-19 is still a perpetual reality. Mindful of the latest recommendations and guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Optometry’s Meeting will employ extra health and safety precautions in addition to abiding by all public health requirements mandated by state and local authorities.

In addition to facility cleaning protocols that exceed state and local requirements, Optometry’s Meeting will adhere to recommendations on face coverings, social distancing and a hands-free approach where possible. As proper hand hygiene remains one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of pathogens and infections, hand sanitizing stations will be positioned throughout the event space and self-scanning of badges will be possible via free-standing detectors.

For more information, visit aoa.org.